'Heroes' Season 3 Finale: Love it or Hate it?


Heroes concluded its third season with a finale that will either make or break the series. If you missed "An Invisible Thread," you can read the recap here. In a nutshell, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) kills Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) while HRG (Jack Coleman), Angela (Cristine Rose) and Matt (Greg Grunberg) cover up Nathan's death by erasing Sylar's memory to make him think that he is Nathan.


The season ended in a seemingly clear-cut direction, but with some confusing consequences that are causing discord in the Heroes fanbase. Was the season 3 finale the final straw for Heroes skeptics, or was it the beginning of a great new volume?


To redeem its troubled state, Heroes fans were promised a death that would stick by the end of season 3. And the show delivered its promise - Sylar slit Nathan's throat and now Nathan is dead. The bad news is that he's not going away. Once again, Heroes made use of its typical twisted concept of death, leaving many fans disappointed.


But there were several other things that made fans irate. First and foremost, many believed that killing off Nathan was a huge mistake because now that Sylar is assuming Nathan's form, Zachary Quinto won't get as much airtime as he had in the previous seasons. There were also discussions around the fact that HRG could have easily thought of bringing back Nathan with Claire's (Hayden Panettiere) blood (just like what happened to HRG when he was shot and left for dead in "Cautionary Tales") but the writers decided not to. Sure, this would have sparked yet another onslaught of controversy among fans but it seemed like a more realistic approach in the world of Heroes given that it's already happened before. Then there's Matt Parkman, who could have easily used his powers to convince the President but instead he became an instrument of HRG and Angela's plan to let Nathan live on through Sylar. But the biggest let-down was that the series built up so much tension and hype for the Nathan-Sylar-Peter face-off only to let it happen behind closed doors. This should have been the most pivotal scene of the episode and fans should have been treated with a more intense climatic clashing of the powers.


On the other hand, "An Invisible Thread" gave a clever conclusion to the problems that plagued previous episodes with a sense of frustration. I can also understand where the show's writers are coming from. Nathan has been knocking at death's door in almost every season finale so letting him miraculously survive (with or without Claire's blood) would be too repetitive. Furthermore, Sylar is becoming a constant villain who should have met his end a long time ago, so temporarily assuming Nathan's identity might work to the show's advantage. Of course, we all know that Sylar is bound to reappear eventually and when he does, it's going to be one hell of a showdown between Sylar and Peter (Milo Ventimiglia), who by that time has hopefully regained all of his powers.


I won't miss Heroes, but I'm sure I'll be tuning in when it returns. I can think of a lot of things to look forward to: the exploration of the whole Sylar-Nathan identity crisis, Tracy with a vengeance, and The Company seemingly getting a clean slate with Claire's two dads, Nathan and HRG, on the forefront. What's your assessment of the finale? Will you be watching Heroes Season 4?


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Apr 29, 2009 5:18PM EDT

Finale episodes have never been this show's strong point and this one wasn't any different. I feel like I have been watching different versions of the same finale each season, where Sylar "dies" but isn't really died. As much as I love Quinto (he's probably the best actor on the show), I think they need to find a new central villain and find the guts to kill him off once and for all. They really need to shake things up if they want to improve the show. They just keep recycling the same storyline: the company, time travel/dreams/paintings messing things up, Sylar's daddy issues, Claire's daddy(s) issues, etc.
Maybe that's why the next volume is titled redemption, more so for the actual show and it's writers then the characters but I don't think I'll be sticking around to find out.

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Apr 30, 2009 4:20PM EDT

I totally agree with the comment on the Battle sign i mean come on behind a closed door?! what were they thinking?! On regards to Legendarysmile's comment about a new main villain a couldn't agree more! I am hoping that when Sylar mentioned his father to Claire to was a hint to us fans that he will meet Claire take her power. It would be interesting to see what powers he collected xD

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